May 15 (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Co., under government scrutiny for its handling of a 2.59 million-vehicle recall to fix a defective ignition switch, is recalling its newest Chevrolet Malibu sedans on reports of lost braking power.
The latest recall affects 140,067 cars with an automatic start/stop feature. The cars for the 2014 model year can lose hydraulic power and don’t comply with U.S. regulations on stopping distance, GM said in a letter posted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website today.
The latest recalls come as GM puts new efforts into how and when it deals with faulty vehicles after the ignition-switch defect was linked to the deaths of at least 13 people. Congress, federal regulators and the U.S. Justice Department are all looking into why it took GM more than a decade to recall cars with switches that allowed keys to slip out of the “on” position, shutting off the engine and disabling air bags.
GM’s actions are putting the industry on track to recall the most vehicles since 31 million in 2004 and 22 million last year. Industrywide recalls were 17.2 million for the year so far on May 13, according to NHTSA records.
The largest U.S. automaker stopped delivering Malibus to its dealers on May 7, according to the letter. Owners will be notified of the recall in a letter that will be sent about May 30, GM said.
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